Added colorants can account for up to 1/3 of total feed costs
Jun 18, 2009
It’s a well-known fact that farm raised salmon that sports appealingly pink flesh has been artificially colored, often with Canthaxanthin, a chemical that has been linked to human eye defects and retinal damage. US law now requires labeling that identifies farm raised, artificially colored salmon but sometimes rules are broken. In 2003 Safeway, Kroger, and Alberstons were sued for failing to identify artificially colored, factory raised salmon.
Now there’s another, even more compelling reason to stick with wild caught salmon. An article by University of Louisville neurologist Robert P. Friedland, M.D, in the June issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, suggests farmed fish could transmit Creutzfeldt Jakob disease – commonly known as mad cow disease – if they are fed byproducts rendered from cows.
Because the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish per week for its heart healthy omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and because consumption of fish is widely recommended for those at risk of cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s diseases, Friedland and his co-authors are urging the government to ban the feeding of cattle byproducts and bone meal. Friedland puts it this way:
“We have not proven that it’s possible for fish to transmit the disease to humans. Still, we believe that out of reasonable caution for public health, the practice of feeding rendered cows to fish should be prohibited,” Friedland said. “Fish do very well in the seas without eating cows.”
Eating wild caught salmon is the only way to avoid chemicals and toxins no matter how strict labeling laws and government restrictions become.
Victoria suggests encouraging people to try Keta/Chum or Sockeye salmon as an alternative to Chinook. Keta/Chum salmon are plentiful but some commercial fishermen choose not to fish for them because the market demand is low. Creating a bigger market for them would help the fisherman directly.
More good reasons to eat wild caught Alaskan salmon and help our friends in the bush at the same time!